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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals

 
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Special Opportunities Grantees

2015 Special Opportunities Grantees

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $500,000
To develop a fellowship to establish a reliable pool of exceptional leaders capable of leading community colleges to high levels of student success. (2 yrs)
 
The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $100,000
In support of UpSkill America, a coalition engaging employers in advancing economic opportunity for low-wage workers. (1 yr)
 
The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $60,000
To support the development of a high-quality website that would showcase the lessons learned from the Aspen Prize, serve as a resource to other community colleges across the country, and provide opportunity for greater public consumption of data and stories. (1 yr)
 
The Atlantic Monthly Group Inc.
Washington, DC $150,000
To support a full-day forum in Washington, DC, on November 12 to study the issues at the intersection of mass incarceration, race, policing, and gun violence. (3 mos)
 
Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $135,000
To provide in-depth reporting coverage of the Illinois statehouse and of regional issues that impact Great Lakes residents. (1 yr)
 
Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $260,000
To support Front and Center to specifically engage citizens on the issue of climate change. (1 yr)
 
Civic Consulting Alliance
Chicago, IL $300,000
To provide strategic consulting to the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois in the areas of education, employment, public safety, and culture. (2 yrs)
 
Civic Nation
Washington, DC $100,000
To support its College Promise Campaign, an effort to help more students access and complete community college degrees. (1 yr)
 
Clean Wisconsin Inc.
Madison, WI $20,000
To modernize digital communications systems, including new tools for email distribution and advocacy/fundraising databases. (1 yr)
 
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY $200,000
To support an in-depth, data-driven investigative reporting project on gun violence in the United States. (18 mos)
 
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Inc.
Washington, DC $75,000
For a project on race, guns, policing, and mass incarceration. (9 mos)
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA $200,000
To support the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.  (2 yrs)
 
National Conference on Citizenship
Washington, DC $400,000
For the integration of a digital badging system into Service Year exchange to create a validated learning system of 21st century skills. (2 yrs)
 
National Wildlife Federation
Reston, VA $25,000
For digital tools in support of efforts related to the Waukesha Diversion application that is currently pending. (1 yr)
 
New York Public Radio
New York, NY $150,000
To support an original series of reports about community colleges to be aired on WNYC. (1 yr)
 
New York Public Radio
New York, NY $100,000
To support planning and development of Radiolab Presents: SCOTUS. (4 mos)
 
StoryCorps
Brooklyn, NY $225,000
To support StoryCorps in Chicago from September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2018. (3 yrs)
 
Thrive Chicago
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support collective impact efforts to improve kindergarten readiness, college completion, and employment outcomes for Chicago residents. (1 yr)
 
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL $600,000
To establish the University of Chicago Urban Labs, a set of labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: education, crime, poverty, health and energy. (2 yrs)
 
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL $46,000
For its Black Youth Project 100 to support its digital work in 2016. (6 mos)
 
Urban Institute
Washington, DC $75,000
For a project on race, guns, policing, and mass incarceration. (8 mos)
 
Young Invincibles
Washington, DC $50,000
To support its 2016 Millennial Issues Campaign. (1 yr)

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